So you've managed to get your hands on one of the world's most popular MP3 players, the Apple iPod. The device on its own will keep you plenty entertained for sure, but you'll soon realize there's a lot more fun to be had if you move beyond the confines of what comes in the box. To that end, we've created a one-stop-spot for all the aftermarket gear that can help you take full advantage of your player. Whether you're interested in an alarm set-up to coax you out of bed with your favorite tunes, … Read more
It's the fight you've been waiting for, folks. In one corner, we have the rightfully smug Apple iPod Classic. In the other corner we have the dark horse, the ugly duckling turned swan, the Microsoft Zune 80. After five bruising rounds of unflinching criticism from our three judges, which MP3 player will triumph as the new king of high-capacity music gadget goodness? Read on, to find out.
Even though the whole gadget galaxy sometimes seems to be going retro, every once in awhile we come across a product that actually doesn't want to stay stuck in the past. Case in point: The makers of the iMep video boombox have come up with an updated version of the portable multimedia player that has a more streamlined look and is built to withstand the rigors of today's rough-and-tumble personal entertainment world.
Like the earlier disco model, this new mobile system has a 7-inch LCD, iPod dock, DVD player, and other features, but it also has a "… Read more
Too late, you missed 'em. The supply of $99 original Zunes dried up over Long Black Weekend, probably for good. But all is not lost: You can still score a 30GB media player without spending triple digits. I'm talking about the Creative Zen Vision:M, which looks like a chunky iPod Video but has a few aces up its reconditioned sleeve.
The player sports a 2.5-inch screen, FM radio tuner, and voice recorder (even the Zune doesn't have that). It supports podcasts and can sync with Outlook. It's also compatible with music-subscription services like Napster and … Read more
We hope the specs listed for this uber-media player didn't get lost in the translation from its Chinese manufacturer's site but, if that turns out to be the case, it wouldn't be surprising. According to PMP Today, the L1200 made by Newman-Hyun has a built-in 12-megapixel camera that can rotate up to 180 degrees, along with its 3-inch QVGA screen, SD card slot, and MP3 and video playback features. As of all that weren't enough, it's supposedly selling for only 999 yuan, or about $132. They had us at the 12 megapixels.
It's the law of entropy: as your digital music collection increases, you're bound to run into mislabeled songs, duplicate tracks in multiple file formats, and other problems. Apple's iTunes does a fine job of displaying song data and letting you edit it--as long as the song's in a format that iTunes supports (if you try to import a WMA file, for instance, iTunes will ask if you want to convert it first). Microsoft's Windows Media Player has an advanced tag editor, but it's buried a few menu options down, and it only lists songs … Read more
If you haven't heard of Zingspot.com yet, you soon might.
Zingspot is likely related to Zing Systems, a company that Dell acquired in August. Zingspot.com is described in the document filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as "an online consumer portal for digital entertainment content acquisition and distribution." Being a hardware maker, it would make more sense to expect Dell to make a device rather … Read more
It may not be embossed with a crystal Hello Kitty head (thank God), but this MP3 necklace an equally gaudy and ridiculous way to pamper your pooch. As if the mere idea of a canine music player weren't silly enough, the "JooZoo" is a heart-shaped MP3 pendant made of diamonds and 18k gold, with matching remote and speaker dock.
Even worse, Popgadgets says South Korea's Innobitz claims it will "enhance your pet's physical health and relieve stress through automatic content responding to various pet behaviors." Luckily, it's reportedly available only on the … Read more
Writing up a list of items for which I'm thankful is such a cliche at this time of year...that I can't pass up the opportunity to add my own contribution to the Thanksgiving fray. I have very little need for 3D turkey screensavers, but luckily, there are a few more valuable applications listed on CNET Download.com upon which I can bestow appropriate tribute.
In honor of Thanksgiving week, I've decided to serve up a heaping helpful of my nine "most useful" Windows utilities on the Download.com site. Now, notice that I didn'… Read more
Last week, I received an e-mail regarding the impending announcement of a new MP3 player with an impressive feature list, including Rhapsody DNA integration and support for both 802.11b/g WiFi and stereo Bluetooth. I was immediately intrigued by the product, called the ibiza Rhapsody, though I didn't recognize the manufacturer, Haier America. Always curious about newcomers to the portable media player market, I looked it up. You really had to be here to appreciate my groan of skepticism when I found out that the company specializes in home appliances. I mean, really: what could a team that … Read more